Sunday, April 24, 2005

Israel's 7th President Ezer Weizman Passes Away

The Jerusalem Post reports the 80-year-old passed away Sunday night in his home in Caesarea after a long illness.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Weizman a "symbol and model of the sabra."
Sharon said that every stop along Weizman's life represented a "cornerstone in the building up of Israel," including his days in the Irgun, his role in the establishment of the air force, the victory in the Six-Day War, as defense minister, his central role in the peace accords with Egypt and as a president "who was beloved by all segments of the population."

Check out the article to read what Ehud Barak and President Moshe Katsav had to say Weizman and to learn even more about this late great leader of Israel.


At 3:26 AM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Another great man passes away.

A sad day for Israel.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

I am embarrassed to say that I know very little about him. There has been a lot in the press since his passing though.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

He was the father of Israeli Air Force (among other things).

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Esther said...

gindy, I hadn't really heard much about him either prior to this. felis -- I didn't know that either. very good to know, thanks!


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